The Roamin' Roman

Benvenuto! You have happened upon the blog of a wandering Catholic American college student studying for a year in Rome, the Eternal City. You will find here my pontifications, ruminations, reflections, images, and ponderings on my life in Rome. Ciao!

Monday, September 5

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On my last morning in Paris I went to the Invalides gardens and museum, including the "Dome Church" here. This chuch is no longer a functioning church, but a museum to Napoleon, who is buried here in the oddest of arrangements I have seen. The church was built basically for the tomb of Napoleon, and so when you enter there is a massive round hole right in the center of the nave, where you look down and see Napoleon's tomb. On one end of the main nave there is the high altar and baldichino, very nice, but almost an afterthought compared to the centrality of Napoleon's coffin. All around the rest of the church are the tombs of Napoleon's family and generals - it's basically a huge masoleum.


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